Category: Character

Neurodivergent: Being ‘Different’ in Life & Fiction

Neurodivergent is a buzz word that’s taken off in the past decade. The term applies to a broad spectrum of people who are, for whatever reason, not normal. Those who ‘suffer’ from ADD, ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc. are all on the list.

Gaslighting: Narcissists & Tampering with Reality

Gaslighting is also referred to as ambient abuse, and is a form of intimidation/psychological abuse that makes a victim doubt their sanity.

Mommie Dearest: The Mother Wound & Fiction

Toxic mother figures can inflict wounds their children carry for a lifetime. If we study the backgrounds of some of the most infamous killers in history, we see a disturbing pattern emerge when it comes to the role of mothers, especially in the early developmental years.

The Deepest Wounds: Lies, Deception & Betrayal

Lies (the diabolical kind) do real damage that will never be completely undone. We can heal, but are never the same.

A broken arm can mend and work just fine, but an X-ray will always show evidence of the break. We carry that fracture literally to our graves.

Memory: Shape Characters & Sharpen Conflict

Memory is what makes paper-doll characters come to life. Too many new writers stop at surface description.